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Interest Groups

From time to time, graduate students and faculty gather to discuss common interests in our community. For more information, and to see how you can participate, check out the organizations below.


American Rhetoric & Culture Interest Group

ARCIG is a student-led discussion group that, under the mentorship of the Lorraine Sherley Chair in Literature, Dr. Sarah Robbins, and the Lillian Radford Chair of Rhetoric and Composition, Dr. Richard Enos, seeks to create a community of aspiring scholars prepared to engage our discipline that includes American rhetoric, literature, and cultural studies. Throughout the academic year, graduate students or guest faculty speakers present and facilitate discussion of various topics related to American culture, from envisioning doctoral exams in this field to tracking trends in the Americanist job market and from exploring American studies research methods to participating in collaborative scholarship through practices such as professional writing groups. As an informal group without readings or RSVP requirements, we invite anyone interested, regardless of stage in program progression or specialization area, to join us and simply listen, contribute, or even lead a session.


Rhetoric & Composition Reading Group

Intended primarily for graduate students in the Rhetoric & Composition Ph.D. program, faculty and students gather to discuss contemporary issues and recently published articles relevant to rhetoric, writing, teaching, and professional development. All are welcome to attend.


Bryson Literary Society

Established circa 1928, the Bryson Literary Society was created to inspire creative thinkers, literature aficionados, and anyone looking to collaborate with others of the same mentality. The Bryson Literary Society has regained momentum in the past several years and continues to be an active presence on campus. The mission of the Bryson Literary Society is simple: to promote literary and creative culture at TCU. We define literary culture as any community in which the written and spoken word is recognized for its transformative power. Once we become readers, we become caretakers of the language and bear a great responsibility for its preservation and continued health.


British Studies Reading Group

The British Studies Reading Group meets regularly to discuss issues within the sphere of British literature. Each month, the group meets over a lunch hour to discuss a range of topics from preparing for the job market to scholarly article discussion.


Winifred Bryan Horner Rhetoric Society

Founded by TCU English graduate students in 2011, the Winifred Bryan Horner Rhetoric Society serves as the student chapter of the Rhetoric Society of America at Texas Christian University. The WBH Rhetoric Society provides a forum for gathering as rhetoricians. The organization serves a variety of functions related to the study of rhetoric and the practice of scholarship and teaching among the graduate community at TCU, including the continuation of support for The Winifred Bryan Horner Reading Library in the TCU Graduate Instructor Library.

Winifred Bryan Horner RSA Website
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